“13 Questions,” 3 years later

Allo, faithful viewers, readers, wishers, prayers, dreamers and golly whoopers! Three years ago, towards the genesis of this fine little blog, I answered an amazing set of questions that helped me learn more about myself. It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these and I’m interested to see how my responses have changed. Click here to read my 13 Questions in 2011, when I was 13!

I hope you enjoy this little window into my life.

1. Three things you want to say to three different people.

Grandpa: I will always love you. A person doesn’t completely die until everyone has forgotten — and I’ll make sure you never will be.

Tim: With every person in my life, I imagine shadows signifying the depth of their person fanning out behind them. Yours is among the longest … and I’m so glad you’ve made mine a little longer, too.

Katie: Hey, I kind of really love you. Keep shining~

2. One of my insecurities.

Surprise, surprise — my worst insecurity is that I’m terrified of not contributing enough. What is contribution, really, when everyone does it? When every drop of ink spilled onto a page is considered “contribution,” and when every kid has to volunteer a certain number of hours just to graduate high school? Meaningful contribution is what I’m worried about not achieving. (See I am more than a student for more insecurities.)

3. What turns me on.

A mixture of intelligence, humbleness, and passion, a very rare yet special combination to find. So many wonderful qualities come with intelligence, like perspicacity, creativity, and vulnerability. When mixed with the gentleness of humility and love for life that comes with passion, the result is a full and beautiful relationship.

4. One of my bad habits.

:’) It’s the same thing … I can’t seem to finish what I start! What can I say? Half my mind churns out meaty dreams and the other half is vegetarian.

5. Who I wish I could be.

I look in the mirror and I’m content with what I see. I like who I am, who I’ve become. Wouldn’t wish for anything more or less. I often think about the future me, but I don’t wish to be that person. I trust myself enough to accept what the future holds.

6. Where  I want to be right now.

With someone I love, doing something we both love.

Oops! Where?

New York. Always New York. I wouldn’t mind being a struggling, debt-owing student in you, my sweet apple ;)

7. The last thing I ate.

A Chick-Fil-A sandwich, no pickles! It made me feel sick. Haven’t had such a greasy sandwich in a while, but the peach milkshake made up for it. It was sweet with little peach chunks that just made my day ^_^ I recommend it to anyone who wants to taste some summer!

8. Sexiest person that comes to mind. 

Tim and his mesmerizing eyes.

9. What song I’m currently listening to.

Laughed out loud to this question! Guess it’s time you all know that alternative, indie-loving me also loves rap music. Here’s what I’m listening to — Warning, Mr. Gambino has a chronic case of sailor’s mouth.

(See music I normally listen to and if you can’t get enough, here‘s some more)

10. Last time I cried and why.

A couple of days ago .. See question pt I, question 1.

11. Something I’m excited about.

My mom’s coming home from the Philippines sometimes next week! It’s been almost two weeks and I miss her so much.

12. Best things about my life.

The best things about my life are the people in it. I have so much love for everyone who’s supported me, gotten to know me, and cheered me on these past couple of years. I am forever grateful for the opportunities I’ve been presented with, and I plan to make the most of them!

I’m also blessed to have good health so I can let this wandering spirit roam.

13. Three things I want right now.

There’s an almond milk chocolate bar downstairs right now.

But I don’t what that .. oh no, not at all…

 1) I want to throw myself into an unfamiliar country, forget about unimportant things, become immersed in their culture and never vacation as a tourist, ever.

2) I want that chocolate bar. I’ve always wanted to learn ASL. How rewarding would that be? As an aspiring speech pathologist, it’d probably be wise to take some classes.

3) I want to be out and about, shooting guns at the range, horseback riding on a remote beach, cooking soup with a friend… I’ll take experiences over objects any day.

YES! Completion! If I were to answer these questions every 3 years, the next time you’d see this is when I’m a freshman in college.. oh my.

Thank you so much for reading! If you have any additional questions, feel free to pelt me with them via the contact form or below. Love you all and warmest wishes!

PS: Would anyone be interested in poetry? I’d be happy to share a few of my better pieces.

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5 more brilliant new artists (PT 2)

A couple of days ago, I posted 10 brilliant new artists that’ll steal your heart PT 1 and promised five more that have stolen mine. Here they are, in 8…7…

6. THE CROOKES

Songs by The Crookes rocket me into space — their heavy electric guitar solos and steady percussions take a different route when paired with George Waite’s sultry, encompassing voice. The melancholy, almost lethargic quality of these British indie rockers make their songs perfect for reflection and as company on rainy days. Get lost in the depth of their music, blast them, and they’ll pretty much wiggle into your soul. PS: They’re all literature majors, meaning their lyrics are intimate, poetic, and … brilliant. And we all like intelligent British musicians, yes?

7. AIR REVIEW

For a second date, my boyfriend took me to an Air Review concert — let’s just say that was a stellar night. Air Review’s a quiet kind of band, scarcely advertised by the humble members that produce the mellow Indie music. Though they’re little known local Texans, they’re a gem with mind-blowing progressions, piano melodies, and hella soothing vocals. Their name matches their style: light to the ears but powerful and catchy as ever.

8. KIMBRA

No one understands the perfection of quirky Kimbra. No one. Despite her stranger-than-average (*Correction: better-than-average) music videos and chameleon hair colors, she remains incredibly classy and her vocal range grows with every new, upbeat pop tune. She overflows with passion, exuberance, and electricity, not to mention her songs will stick to your mind like clingy jellyfish. ALSO: She can dance. ~BONUS POINTS~

9. DELTA SPIRIT

This indie rock/alternative band is mad talented. The variations of their songs, strong instruments, and soothing, feel-good vibes never fail to send seizing chills through my bones. Close your eyes while you’re listening and you’ll see colors; open your heart to them and you might even shed a few tears. Their music is sweet, nostalgic, brilliantly composed, and lastly, highly recommended.

10. ONE NIGHT ONLY

Perhaps it’s the teenage girl in me but … *swoon.* These (*cough* BRITISH *cough*) rockers are charmers. Though their high-quality music and melodies are crisp and very 80s-rock inspired, the lead’s voice was what stole my heart. The frontman doesn’t lose his accent when he sings, and his pronunciation and gritty voice actually made me wish I had “One Night Only” with him… Kidding, kidding, ’twas only a pun. (Maybe) PS: This music video has Emma Watson in it. Watch for perfection overload.

…And that concludes it, hopefully you’ve enjoyed rocking out to these amazingly talented artists! Drop a comment and feel free to suggest, half of these were suggested to me by family and friends.Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you whenever inspiration smites. 

Disney’s Epcot & more!!

Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone! I apologize for not blogging often – but I realized that today’s ALMOST the 1 (<– that one is adorable) year anniversary of this site.  What a better way to enter the summer than a blog on my experiences at Disney World?

I traveled (by car) 3-4 states over all the way to Orlando in late March for spring break!  I completely forgot the order but here are the places we visited:

  • Epcot
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM)
  • Animal Kingdom (will be posting some pictures)
  • Magic Kingdom
  • Universal Studios
  • Islands of Adventure!

Boom. 6 theme parks in 7 days!!

Unfortunately, most of the pictures have my family in them, so I won’t be posting many.

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First, I’ll tell you about the beautiful EPCOT! This was the first park I went to, so I remember it pretty clearly.

Epcot was one of my personal favorites because it wasn’t completely overwhelming like, say, Magic Kingdom.  You could stroll & walk through all the different countries of the world while trying the cuisines & watching cultural shows! It was incredibly amazing seeing all the different countries – France & Italy were all cobblestone, Japan had a beautiful rock garden and China a garden and … MULAN!

Mulan was the first face character I met.  She was super friendly & even had that little strand of hair on her forehead like in the movie.  She was actually one of the better face characters & always was in Mulan’s personality – she said things like, “You’ve traveled a long way to here in China.” “Oh, you’re very strong girls, aren’t you?” It was so cute! I’ll tell you – meeting your childhood Disney idol is way better than meeting a celebrity!

We missed Snow White in Germany, but we met Aladdin & Jasmine in Morocco. We came in right as they were about to leave. Aladdin was an amazing face character. I’d always been such a huge fan of Aladdin, & it was wonderful seeing them in real life.

Jasmine was kind of sour looking though, but Aladdin really lit everything up. I’m serious. He looked so gorgeous I wanted to curl up into a ball & hide – I could barely speak to him! Gdamtewtwvah!!

CONVERSATION BTWN ALADDIN, JASMINE, SISTER & I:

Aladdin: Hello, how are you guys?

Sis: We’re fine!

Aladdin: So are you two sisters?

Both: Yes!

Aladdin: Which is the older?

Sis: I am.

Me: She is.

Aladdin: Oh, but the younger’s taller, isn’t she?

-laughing-

Aladdin to me: Do you play volleyball?

Me: Yes, actually I do!

Aladdin: What position do you play?

Me: I-I don’t really have a position, we alternate.

Aladdin: Are you a libero?

Me: Uh .. What? Um, I don’t know what that is..? –Freaking out in mind-

Aladdin: Oh, how long have you been playing?

Me: 3 years.

Aladdin: 3 years & you don’t know what a libero is?

And then we take a picture, in which Aladdin extends & says, “Would you do me the honor of taking my arm?”  By then I’m like, yes! yes, Aladdin! Yes! Take me on the magic carpet, let’s sing together & spin around!!!!! 

After the picture, Aladdin says that he’ll have to come & play volleyball with my school sometime. By then I was in la la land & was on the verge of passing out.

After that dream, we met Belle & Beast in France! Beast was so awesome (he was wearing a suit) & instead of shaking his hand I hugged him. Belle was really friendly too :D I also met Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) in France. France was one of my favorite sections because of the food, which consisted of brilliant pastries & waiters serving you in dashing French accents.

The UK section was really cute – I met Mary Poppins! SHE WAS SO PROPER! Of course, she was in a poofy dress, white gloves & an umbrella. She was great, and she said things like, “Your hat is most splendid. I have an array of hats with doo-dads on them at home.” And “Fold your hands like this, it’s the proper way.” And she also said the famous Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards.

Surprisingly, we also met Tigger & Pooh in the UK! 

Epcot had a couple of attractions – we went on a boat ride in Norway, saw an acrobatic show in China, & viewed many exhibitions all over! 

It was spectacular! Although it rained pretty much the whole time we were there, it was so much fun meeting the characters. (Unfortunately, I forgot my Cinderella autograph book from 1999 at the hotel) 

I would kill to go back there again :) 

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading about Epcot today! Maybe this will excite some of those who haven’t been there or make someone else want to revisit. 

I think I’ll have to write about the other parks later (next will be Hollywood Studios) because I don’t want to extend this post too long :)  (OR comment & tell me which park you’re most anxious to hear about)

Hope you enjoyed, & if you’ve been to Epcot or any of the other parks mentioned, be sure to let me know, I’d love to hear about your experiences!! 

PS: Figured out what a libero meant: The libero remains in the game at all times and is the only player not limited by rules of rotation. He usually replaces the middle blocker position when they rotate to the back row and never rotates to the front row himself.  The libero is responsible for a great deal of the passing in serve receive. Often the libero will be responsible for a much greater part of the court than his teammates. WHOO! Aladdin must have thought I was pretty darn good!! 

I LOVE YOU ALADDIN!!!   Aladdin is completely awesome. 

♥ KEZI

Favorite Sites & Other Fluff!

Hi everyone! 

It seems every time I commit to something it always ends up falling flat on its face. For example, I was going to do a summer writing challenge & write a short story everyday until school started. Guess how many short stories I made this summer? FOUR. Only! I wasn’t productive this summer at all – I only wrote 4 short stories &  rewrote bits of Film. I didn’t even write any poems :( I tried journaling, which lasted longer. I wanted to journal everyday but slowly, (like always) I lost that commitment. I stayed strong for about a week then I slacked off again. I’m disappointed that I didn’t reach my goal. :( So now that summer’s over, I’m doing a new challenge, & hopefully I’ll make it! It’s called the 30-day drawing challenge!

It’ll be a bit hard because I’m really not the best drawer :( I’ll post my pictures on here :) I already drew a picture of myself but I just need to upload it on to the computer. I’ll post it next time I blog. I’m also doing another thing called OneWord, but I’ll talk about that later :) Here is a list of my favorite websites! Try some out! :)

1)  STUMBLEUPON.COM

My goodness StumbleUpon is just about the best website known to man!!! If you’ve never heard of it, SU collects the best of everything on the web – stories, jokes, other funny things, great videos, songs, infographics, games – & presents them to you! All you have to do is sign up for it & you’ll have the best of the web at you fingertips. You can save you favorite sites & look at them later. I really really recommend SU. It’s really entertaining & I literally have stumbled for hours (it’s a great time waster ^_^ ) If you want to add/follow me, my user is kezisicecream :)

2) SKETCHSWAP.COM

Long story short – draw a picture (it helps if you have a tablet ^_^ ) & get a random picture in return! b/c the pictures are approved by the owners of the site first, they’re usually really good! I find it interesting to see other people’s drawings!! :)

3) SECRETSSAFE.COM

Same concept as above! Enter a secret & have someone else’s secret be delivered to you! There is no way for the other person to track you, so it’s safe as long as you don’t put your address or something O_o also really fun! But be warned: sometimes the secrets are inappropriate.. 

4) OMGPOP.COM

I don’t really go on much anymore, but they have really great games! They’re very fun. My user is… KawaiiKezi21?? I think .. ^_^ But anyways, this site is great. My fav games are Balloono & Draw My Thing! Check it out!! :)

5) SKYPE.COM

Not really so much as a website, but more like a program. It’s free to download, & you can talk to your friends who also have a Skype account! You can even video chat for free if you have a webcam. It’s easy to use, I go on all the time! The ideal way to keep in contact with your friends. 

6) ONEWORD.COM

Oneword is really cool! I just found out about it today! (on SU, another reason you should get a SU account) This site is best if you love writing. OW iss where they give you one word each day & you have 60 seconds to write about it. Don’t think, don’t ponder about it – just write. I think this is the best kind of writing – when you write what comes naturally to you. It’s really fun, & I’ll be posting my ONEWORD of the day here! Try it out :) My user is kezi21. 

Not much of a selection, is there? I’m sorry :( I usually don’t do much while on the computer, just watch videos, blog, read ASW stuff obsessively, stumble or read articles >__< Arg I know I do more than those, but they’re trapped in the back of my mind right now!! Maybe I’ll post another blog about this topic later ^_^

NEW THINGS: I’ll be posting my OneWord at  the end of each blog post (read #4 for more info!) & I’ll also be posting the song of the day! Sorry if my taste of music isn’t the same as yours, but it’s always good to try new things!! Hope this post was helpful to you! Bye bye.. just so you know, I probably won’t be on till next Saturday? So see you! 

OneWord of the day: POISON

Nothing is so deadly. She clutched her heart, an icy, not hot, to her surprise, feeling crept up her veins, chilling her, freezing her, engulfing her in an uneasy sadness that could only mean one thing – she had been infected.

It’s so short b/c we only have a minute to write about it & I was typing on my mom’s iPad, not a real keyboard :)

SONG OF THE DAY:

Boom Boom Boom Boom by Vengaboys!! This.song.is.so.catchy!!!! And awesome! I love the beat, and the tune. It gets stuck in my head often :) I wish I could’ve posted the actual music video, but it’s very inappropriate.. b/c if you listen to this song closely.. um.. it’s not exactly kid-friendly o_O .. but of course I only like the tune & stuff, not the lyrics. See ya ♥

Fun ‘What-Would-You-Do-Questions!”

I love answering these kind of questions. “What would you do if..”  I’ll answer some today :)

1)  If you had only 24 hours to live, what would you do?

I would say good bye to all my loved ones & friends, of course. Then I’d go do something outrageous. Like I’d dress up like a banana with my friends (or maybe just one, I think only one out of all of them would do it) & go running around in the streets. I’d attempt to go surfing &  I’d do everything I’d want to do in my life & do it in that one day. I’d apologize to people if I’d ever hurt them, I’d say thank you, I’d tell all the ‘mean’ people in my class what I really felt about them (harsh, i know..) & basically I’d have the time of my life. When I’m in Heaven or something I don’t want to look back & see all the things I regret or could have done, but didn’t. 

2) If you could ask God any one question, what would it be?

“When will I die?” It’s a depressing question I know, but I want to be prepared so that in the time I have left, I can live my life to the fullest.

3) If you could be another man or woman for a day, who would you choose?

I’d be my sister :p She just has it all good, everything figured out, she has so many friends, she’s smart & very pretty, inside & out. Right now she’s living it up in SD.

4) If you could date a celebrity, who would you choose?

Easy. Zachary David Porter. Ugh, I can’t get enough of him! He’s so sweet, funny, kind & .. awkward.. but that’s what makes him amazing. He’s also a great song writer, singer, musician & he’s just really down-to-earth. Please bear with me. 

5) If you could speak any other language (besides English) which language would you like to speak?

I’d speak French. French is just so beautiful, seriously. Every time I hear a person speak it, I think of class. Weird, I know, it’s just a classy language.

 6) If you had one wish, what would you wish for?

I’d wish for world peace. But I’m not entirely sure. I’m convinced everything happens for a reason. Maybe bad people were put on the earth to make us stronger. So I’d probably scratch that. I’d wish that innocent, good people would all have a long, happy life with no sorrow or pain. It’s what they really deserve. It’s what everyone deserves. 

7) If you had to choose between love and no money or money and no love for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Of course love. What do you think those people who have no money have? All they have is love. And that’s what keep them going. That’s what keeps them moving everyday- love. That’s really all you need.

8) If you had to choose, would you give up your sight or your hearing?

I would give up hearing. The world is just too beautiful to give up my vision. If I was deaf I could always learn how to sign & read lips. I think I’d be alright :)

9) If you were asked to choose which time period you would like to live in, which would you choose?

I’d live in the 70’s, baby! That sounds like fun. Fantastic colors, great music & awesome, outrageous clothing. Peace would be trending. Discos! Wow, that would be amazing. And best of all, it’s all before things start getting complicated with the computers & iPhones & such. I love the advanced technology we have today, but sometimes I think it has many downsides. My goodness. I’d never admit it in front of her, but Lucy, you were right; I am a hippie  -__- Check out this 70’s song: it’s so amazing! And so catchy! And so groovy! (pun intended)  haha ♥

10) If you were given choice to live as long as you like, how long would you like to live?

I’d live until I’m 100. So then I could see how much things had changed since I was born. Honestly, that’s the only reason. I wouldn’t want to live any longer than that – my friends & fam would’ve already been passed away; I couldn’t live without company. I would never choose to live forever. Then I’d never go to Heaven- the only place you would ever be truly happy :( Besides – when the world explodes or whatever, what what happen?? Would I just be floating in Space?? No way Jose!  

10 questions is all for now :) Just so you guys know- I probably won’t be on again in a very long time. A few weeks, maybe? I promise no longer than that :) I’m going on vacation tomorrow (oh dang, I need to pack -__-) & I’ll be gone for a week. When I get back it’s going to be all about school – uniforms & supplies. Sadly I won’t be able to post as much when school starts :( But in the meantime, you can watch these awesome videos!! :) I found most of these on StumbleUpon. All of these are amazing! Hope you enjoy them!! 

These are also amazing..:

I found the following on StumbleUpon & I can’t insert them on this page, so just click on the link if you please. All of them are interesting so give them a try! ♥

Water ink! http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/7onzeO

T-shirt wars!! http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/17icr5

Cute ducky~! http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/4CC9jf

Piano stairs- http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1Et5CM   

Your handwriting made into a font! http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/96qfKI    

AMAZING spray painter!~ http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1bY0wP    

Cool water fountain in Japan!! http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/21kU1j   

A new way to paint – http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/6mqavU  

Beautiful how to instructions on how to paint a beautiful forest!~ http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/4tcpmT   

If you want to watch Lion King again, here’s the whole movie haha! http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1gJ8Jj   

I know, I know :p I think this is a really great song! It’s really catchy & it’s one of their new songs. It hasn’t been released it, this is the live version :) 

That’s all for today :) Let me know which video is your favorite! Please note again that I won’t be on in about 1-2 weeks. I better go pack now, so I hope you guys have a great week! I’ll be back soon, I promise :)